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from comedy central's world news headquarters in new york, this is the "daily show" with jon stewart. ( cheers and applause ). captioning sponsored by comedy central >> jon: welcome to the "daily show." i'm jon stewart. man, man do we have a show tonight. my guest journalist james risin. he's spilling the beans-- i hope he's on the show tonight. they could be dragging him away right now. i don't know. we saw him in the green room, but who knows what security is like back there. first, tuesday night, the democrats got taken out by and old-yelller'd by the american electorate. ( laughter ) if you don't upon, you should rent it. it's pretty good up until that part. ( laughter )
it was a major repudiation, repudiation of the president who, according to reports, spent election night in his sweat pants drowning his sorrows in point force one. ( laughter ) the next day, the president went before the white house press corps to confront the why of his defeat. >> "i'm a single mom and at the end of the month it's really hard for me to pay the bills. ( laughter ) ( applause ) >> jon: that's not why you lost. actually, that joke was brought to you by context, context. look at how silly the world would be without context. ( laughter )
actually, the damage-- the damage from this year's midterms pretty easy to catalog. >> well, this morning, the party is in shambles. >> there will be a lot of soul-searching as you can imagine. >> i think the democrats are still in sort of stage three of the five stages of grief. >> jon: the democratic party is no more. it has ceased to be. it's shuffled off this mortal coil and joined the choir invisible. sorry, i haven't come down from john cleese being on the show yesterday. wait a second. the democratic party in shambles. a lot of soul-searching. stages of grief. why is it those phrases are so familiar? >> the latest sign of a republican party simply in shambles. >> for more republican soul searching is now under way in the wake of the november elections. >> the republicans are kind of going through their five stages of of grief after the election. >> jon: oh, right! oh! i know why those phrases are so in my head because they said the
exact same ones about the republican party when the death warrant was signed in 2012. a mere 24 months, apparently, before it burst forecast p forth from its grave like jesus christ. or a zombie, depending on your personal beliefs. ( laughter ) it's as though every event that happens is viewed by our media singularly as though it didn't exist in any previous-- oh, what's the word we're looking for? oh, right-- context. ( laughter ) ( applause ) it's the ( bleep ) you have in your tape library that gives seemingly isolated incidents perspective. ( laughter ) regardless of which party is currently grieving, they're going to have to find a way to get along. >> we ought to see what areas of agreement there are and see if we can make some progress for
the country. >> i'm certainly going to be spending a lot more time with them now because that's the only way that we're going to be able to get some stuff done. and i-- i take them at their word that they want too produce. >> jon: you know what? i'm sorry, that-- that is inspiring. to see-- two long-term rivals come together. after an election and unite around a shared message of disingenuous ( bleep ). ( laughter ) but, obviously, their relationship is going to change. this was their relationship last year. >> some folks still don't think i spend enough time with congress. why don't you get a drink with mitch mcconnell, they ask. really? ( laughter ) why don't you get a drink with
mitch mcconnell. >> jon: boom! well, that was the old relationship. this is the relationship now. >> are you going to have that drink can mitch mcconnell now you joked about at the white house correspondents' dinner. >> you know, actually, i would enjoy having some tu kentucky bourbon with mitch mcconnell. >> jon: first of all, no you wouldn't. ( laughter ) and second of all, we all know senator mcconnell isn't a bourbon fan. his prefer drink is an algae and pond water-- and garnished with a refreshing leaf of lettuce. you know, there's actually been a little bit of controversy that we've been likening the presumptive senate majority leader mitch mcconnell to a slow-talking tortoise man. ( laughter ) i want to-- i want to state for
the record we are not. what we are doing is asserting that mitch mcconnell is literally, biologically, a tortoise. ( laughter ) ( applause ) specifically a 180-year-old living, breathing, giant tortoise of the species who has, despite not being indigenous to north america ascended to a prominent leadership role in the united states. so i say to senator mcconnell, kudos. so we-- that was a long ride, wasn't it. that was a long walk. you really didn't know where we were going on that. so with both president obama and senator mcconnell giving lip service to actually working, maybe there can be a truce between these two parties. >> mitch mcconnell and john boehner, the speaker of the house, they are calling for another repeal of obamacare.
>> the battle over immigration reform as president obama vows that he will get reform done with or without congress. >> the temporary truce between president obama and congress lasted less than 24 hours. ♪ it is the dawning of the age of aquarius ♪ ♪ age of aquarius ( laughter ) really, if you look at what mcconnell said yesterday, it was clear this partnership was doomed from the start. >> there's no personality problem here or exg lik anythine that. i think my attitude about all this at this point is trust, trust but verify. >> jon: trust but verify. where have i heard that before? >> the importance of this treaty transcends numbers-- trust but verify. >> jon: there you have it! the high-water mark of our miew era of bipartisanship is the senate majority leader implying
he is to obama as reagan was to the leader of our totalitarian nuclear armed nemesis-- a.k.a., the evil empire. ( laughter ) well, my feeling of despair is brought to me by historical context. ( laughter ) it's why old people are sad. ( laughter ) we'll be right back. ( cheers and applause ) yeah, dinner sounds good. i could come by your place.
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( cheers and applause ). >> jon: welcome back. the day after the democrats got their balls waxed, president obama aannounced he was going to take action whether the new congress was with him or not. >> the president said he will bypass congress with an executive order on immigration reform. >> i'm eager to see what they have to offer, but in the meantime, let's figure out what we can do lawfully through executive action to improve the functioning of the existing system. what i'm not going to do is just wait. >> jon: i mean, it's been two days. should i call them? should they call me? i don't know what to do. i don't want to look desperate, but i do have a little business. it raises the question. he is excited about doing stuff now but what was he doing before the election? >> more controversial decisions delayed by the obama administration until after the election. >> everything from the nomination of a new attorney general to decisions on a controversial keystone xl pipeline, immigration reform, corporate tax reform, and rates
for the farc. >> the white house says that action was taken as a request of senate democrats. >> three senators, mark pryor, kay hagan, and mary land row-- asked the president to delay decisions on immigration, deportation. >> jon: senate democrats wanted to avoid votes on contentious issues so they wouldn't have to take unpopular stance that might cost them reelection. and they got president to go along with it. it's a well-known political maneuver known add the ( bleep ). it's named, of course, for senator dickless h. chicken ( bleep ). who, when he was asked whether he supported the emancipation proclamation, famously said what? huh? and then had to pretend to be hard of hearing for the rest of his life. ( laughter ) but if you're basing your agenda purely on what helps red-state democrats, how about the keystone pipeline. the keystone pipeline is more
popular in red states than chick-fil-a's new patriot basket. why not just approve that before the election? >> president obama's decision to delay the keystone pipeline allows vulnerable democrats from energy-producing red states room to distance themselves from president obama and oppose him. >> jon: oh, come on. democrats are not so cynical that the president would delay action on a project just so fellow democrats could attack him for delaying that action. >> louisiana senator mary landrieu, denowpsing the latest delays saying, "this decision is irresponsible, unnecessary, and unacceptable." >> alaska senator mark begich says, "i am frankly appalled at the continued foot dragging by this administration. >> acsaw's mark pryor said, "there's no execution of excuse for another delay. the president needs to approve this project now." >> jon: adding-- wink.
so last april, seven months ago, obama delays his keystone decision. red-state democrats get points for attacking the presidents, blue-state democrats get point for attacking the pipe line. it was a win-win. except for one thing. they all lost! pryor lost. haig an lost, begich lost. the only one who hasn't lost is land row. she's going into a rauf that she's going to lose. it's like democrats came up with this plan to approval springtime for hitler but only because they really thought it was a good ( bleep ) play. and by the way, that keystone pipeline? you delayed the decision on that back in april. that's seven months before the election. you don't have that kind of governing time. these elections are two years apart. if you take out the seven months before the election, where things are going, and then you go from the first few months of the new election where the new guys where unpacking and figuring out the e-mail, plus summer reserks plus spring
recess, autumn apple picking, the week when the senators' parents come to visit, house of reps sadie hawkins dance, all the time spent fund-raising, basically there's one day in march where, weather permitting, you think you can get ( bleep ) done without politically harming one thing or the other. and apparently, this year, democrats spent that day sitting around trying to make that sound. ( cheers and applause ) so to recap. the democrats' 2014 strategy instead of doing things that the people who voteed for them would like, they decided to not do anything so as not to offend the voters who already didn't like them. ( laughter ) or to put that in the classic words of dickless h. ( bleep )?
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nice to see you. >> thanks for having me displ last time that you were here, this book is called "pay any price: greed, power, and endless war." the last time was the book "state of war" an expo say of wiretapping, the n.s.a. i remember leaning over to you after the interview and going, "are you going to get in trouble for this?" and do you remember what your response was. >> i said, no, no trouble at all. >> jon: tell me what's been going on the last couple of years. ( laughter ). >> well, afte the government's n after me ever since for that book and they're still after me, in fact displ how much legal trouble are you actually in now or is this a nuisance harassment to cause you pause? >> well, they've been doing a pretty good job of it if it's just a nuisance. it's lasted seven years. they've subpoenaed me three or four times. and there's a trial scheduled in
january. >> jon: a trial. you are going to be on trial? >> no, they want me to testify in the trial displ oh, that's right, that's what it is. >> it's a little unclear where it's going right now, what the government is planning to do. and they seem like they're kind of confused right now about what they want to do. >> jon: really? ( laughter ) so while you were thinking of that, you wrote another book. >> yeah. ( laughter ) that was my answer to the government. >> jon: this book is a really interesting examination of the corruption underlying our war conflicts. >> right. >> jon: and intelligence apparatus. >> basically, what i realized was-- remember when dick cheney said the gloves come off? what that really meant was we were getting rid of all the rules that governed the war on terror, and at the same time we got rid of all the rules, we poured hundreds of billions of dollars into the war on terror.
so you had a massive enterprise with hundreds of billions of dollars with no rules. and it's a lot like the banking crisis. we had-- we've had a national security crisis and nobody has noticed that's very similar to the banking crisis. there's a lot of unintended consequences. >> jon: and both seemingless purposeful. i think both institutions-- it's an interesting analogy-- because both obfuscate very much in a determined way so you can't see what's going on. >> right. and this secrecy that's layered on top of the war on terror has made it so lots of people have been abe to come to washington-- able to come to washington, claim to be an expert on counter-terrorism and gotten very rich. and they all claim they have the silver bullet to find osama bin laden or to solve the war on terror-- whatever displ and this get to some of the whistled blowers also, the case of a fellow named drake who blew the whistole government excess, and they nearly put that guy in jail for 35 years. >> right.
there were, like, five people at the n.s.a. and the house intelligence committee combined, that they all thought were sources for our stories in the niemsz on the n.s.a., including tom drake, and they went after all of them. none of them were our source. and they turned their lives upside down for years. >> jon: it brings up an interesting point because there are-- i would assume you would think there are lines of national security that we should not cross in terms of giving these out. >> right. >> jon: the the question swho decides what those lines are and when they bring the full force of these agencies against you-- ference, why is your story different than the story about spying on germany? why you? why drake? why these other whistle blowers. >> i think there is a very arbitrary system in place now that gives the intelligence community and the white house and the justice department an ability to randomly and arbitrarily decide which stories they want to go after to
investigate, and when whichthey don't. and what-- basically what they're trying to create is a pathway for acceptable national security journalism. if you go outside the accepted limits of what they want people to report on, you'll get punished. if you stay in the accepted limits that they want, you won't have any problems. and that's what i think is dangerous to a democracy when you have investigative reporting that the government is trying to limit through the use of the justice department and the legal system. >> jon: and within the legal system, is it the spying apparatus that decides? can they call up and say-- can the c.i.a. and n.s.a. call up the justice department and said, "he made us very upset?" >> yes, exactly. that's exactly what happens. the c.i.a. or the office of-- the director of national intelligence, or another-- any other intelligence agency can file what they call a criminal referral. >> jon: a criminal referral. >> to the justice department, and that's what gets the ball rolling on a leak investigation
is the c.i.a. >> jon: let me ask you a question-- if i c.i.a. purposefully leaks something for the n.s.a.-- i'm not suggesting that that has happened-- but it happens. >> right. >> jon: who can then go after them? >> nobody. that's why you have official leaks and unofficial leaks. official leaks, nobody goes after. the unofficial leaks that make them look bad or they don't like, those are the case they say pursue. displ do you trust the displ do you trust the journalistic community to min find that line? >> it's very difficult. at the same time we've been going through this crackdown on whistle blowers and reporters, journalism has gone through a dramatic reduction in financial crisis and -- >> and become, more dangerous for those-- it's sort of been democratized and people go out there and put themselveses in true danger. >> yeah. the freelancers in syria are not backed by any major
organization. it's a very dangerous time for journalists. the industry is remaking itself right now. and so the models of how you do this kind of reporting are breaking down. >> jon: it's-- it's really a fascinating and slightly frightening thing. do you have a couple of minutes to stick around. "pay any price," it's on the bookshelves now. james risin. ( cheers and applause ) ♪ ♪ everyone you meet ♪ they're jamming in the street ♪ ♪
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